Civil Rights / Liberties
By RI Future on October 7, 2015
Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical matters of public import,” five open government organizations have called on Governor Gina Raimondo to issue an executive order that calls on state agencies to “adopt a strong presumption in favor of disclosure in addressing requests for public information.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, International News, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records, ACCESS/RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, apra, Department of Transportation, Donald Lally, Gina Raimondo, Health and Human Services, Jane W. Koster, Justin Silverman, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, League of Women Voters of the United States, Linda Lotridge Levin, LWVRI, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, ridot, Steven Brown, Unified Health Infrastructure Project | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on October 5, 2015
Stage and television actress Barbara Meek, most recently seen in the Trinity Rep production of JULIUS CAESAR, has passed away. Born in 1934 in Detroit, Meek worked at Trinity beginning in 1968. Her starring role in THE VISIT was a historic first for a woman of color. It was one of the first instances of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 30, 2015
Students held signs and talked to the media after school today in support of a teacher suspended for his comments about birth control in a tenth grade class. According to student Layla Vafiadis, English teacher William Ashton was teaching a class on early American literature at the Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and […]
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Featured, Photos, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Bring Back Ashton, Hope Norton, Isabelle Long, Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and Visual Arts, JMW, Layla Vafiadis, Maggie Roberts, Patti DiCenso, William Ashton | 3 Responses
By Hillary Davis on September 29, 2015
The freedom to read is the freedom to learn, to imagine, to challenge your own beliefs, and to see the world from a new point of view. Too often, that freedom is challenged by individuals who would censor important and challenging books rather than embrace them. As part of our ongoing work to fight against […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
Bill Ashton, a teacher at Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and Visual Arts, has been supended again, this time for mentioning birth control during a discussion about the Puritans. Ashton had been suspended back in March for his comments about PARCC testing, and a massive student protest helped him keep his job.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, reproductive freedom | Tagged birth control, Bring Back Ashton, Hope Norton, Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and Visual Arts, JMW, Maggie Roberts, Patti DiCenso, William Ashton | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Congress, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Hip Hop Caucus, Moby, Moral Mondays, pope francis, Rally for Moral Action on Climate Change, Washington DC, William J. Barber II | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2015
Four people spoke on trans and intersex gender identities from a Catholic perspective at the Arch Street United Methodist Church across the street from the World Conference of Families in Philadelphia. The event was originally scheduled to take place at the St. John the Evangelist parish, but according to organizers was, “evicted from the space by Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Philadephia Archdiocese.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, LGBT, National News, News, People, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island | Tagged Arch Street United Methodist Church, Call to Action, Charles Chaput, delfine bautista, Dignity USA, Fortunate Families, Frank DeBeranardo, intersex, Jeannine Grammick, Julie Chovanes, New Ways Ministry, Nicole Santamaria, pope francis, TRANS*, Vima Santamaria, World Conference of Families | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2015
Two women not allowed to speak at the United Nations held a forum on global women labor rights while Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly in New York City. Why are their voices marginalized?
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Education, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, reproductive freedom, Women | Tagged amnesty international, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, AWAJ, Chaumtoli Huq, Eni Lestari, IMA, International Migrants Alliance, Kate Lappin, Law and Development, Law@theMargins, Nazma Akter, pivot to Asia, pope francis, united nations, walmart | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 21, 2015
Nearly 200 people turned out at the Westminster Unitarian Church for a Black Lives Matter march in response to white supremacists fliers recently distributed in East Greenwich and to ongoing racial injustice in our state and across the country. Police officers cleared a path for the two mile march that went through downtown East Greenwich, slowing, rerouting and delaying traffic. The march was organized by the White Noise Collective and Westminster Unitarian Church’s Social Responsibility Committee. Protesters called on white people in particular to stand up and support the growing Black Lives Matter Movement.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged black lives matter, Ellen Quaadgras, Ellen Tuzzolo, Rachel Bishop, Showing Up for Racial Justice, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, SURJ, Tim Rich, Westminster Unitarian Church, White Noise Collective | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 19, 2015
“Too many people have been denied a safe and stable home with their family because of something they did 10 or more years ago,” said John Prince, campaign organizer with Behind the Walls, in a statement. “Sometimes parents can’t go back and live with their kids because of an arrest, when they were never even convicted of the crime. That’s just wrong.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Featured, Housing, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Behind the Walls, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Ella Baker Center, Fair Housing campaign, Franny Choi, John Prince, Mary Kay Harris, Providence Public Housing Authority, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Sheila Wilhelm, Stephen J. Fortunato, Vatic Kuumba | 2 Responses
By Hillary Davis on September 15, 2015
Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, and the ACLU of Rhode Island is excited to announce our plans to celebrate Constitution Day this week by hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt highlighting Providence’s civil liberties history.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Featured, Holidays, Providence, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Providence, Rhode Island, students, Youth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The two groups that National Grid did included on the list, the South Providence Neighborhood Association and the Washington Park Neighborhood Association, don’t actually exist.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged David Graves, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Motiva, national grid, Sprague Energy, Univar | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Economy, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Voter ID, Women, Youth | Tagged Mike Araujo, One Fair Wage Coalition, Restaurant Opportunities Center, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RIPDA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2015
This year’s theme for AIDS Walk RI was “Keeping Hope Alive” and despite the reality of nearly 100 new cases of HIV being diagnosed in our state every year, there is hope that one day HIV will be eradicated.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, History, LGBT, Photos, Video | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project Rhode Island, David Cicilline, Guy Abelson, Hope Harris, Hope Harris Award, jorge elorza, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Paul Fitzgerald, Philip Chan, PrEP, Providence Gay Men's Chorus, RI Department of Health, Ronald Lewis, seth magaziner | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2015
Randall Rose, member of Rhode Island Coalition to Defend Human and Civil Rights, said “Although drones do have legitimate and important uses, Rhode Islanders’ quality of life will suffer if inadequately regulated drones become widespread. Except in an emergency, drones should not be allowed to collect personally identifiable or re-identifiable information on residents without their consent.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Technology | Tagged Cloud City Drones, Drones, Privacy, Randall Rose, Rhode Island Coalition to Defend Human and Civil Rights, RICDHCR | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2015
The Rhode Island Labor History Society held their Annual Labor Day Address in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls yesterday. Ryan McIntyre, the society board member who lead the effort to erect a monument in the cemetery to commemorate the Saylesville Massacre, where workers were killed by the National Guard during the General Textile Strike in September of 1934, […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Events, Featured, History, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Annual Labor Day Address, james diossa, James Parisi, Mike Araujo, Moshassuck Cemetery, Rhode Island Labor History Society, Ryan McIntyre, scott molloy | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2015
“Rhode Island rushed to pass a [Voter ID] law,” said Davis, “Unlike most laws this is based on a couple of anecdotal incidents… Stats show their is virtually no evidence of voter fraud. Mail ballots became easier to obtain, the only place where fraud was found…No one thought that a Democratic [Party majority] state would manage to do that.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Elections, Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Voter ID | Tagged ACLU, Hilary Davis, jim vincent, kate bowden, Lee Ann Byrne, NAACP, prison based gerrymandering, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Disability Law Center, Voting Rights Act | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on August 31, 2015
It’s a hot August day in Providence. Campaign Zero has just released a platform of demands the #BlackLivesMatter movement sees as tenable demands to reform the police and judicial system. I meet with activist Kobi Dennis at his office at the Broad Street Salvation Army for an interview. He is welcoming and open to all […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2015
Organizer and Occupier Susan Walker pointed out that in the winter of 2012, Occupy Providence broke their occupation of Burnside Park after negotiating with City Hall for a Day Center for the homeless. “Where is the Day Center today?” she asked. Occupy Providence has long concerned itself with homelessness, so this event marked a return to the group’s roots.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Occupy, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged John Freitas, Kate Miechkowski, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Susan Walker | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP), Local 5098, at Rhode Island Hospital, with labor and community allies, held a candlelight vigil and march Thursday evening to call attention to to unsafe staffing levels and other problems that continue to remain an issue in negotiations. UNAP members have been working without a contract since June 30th.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, International News, Labor, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Federal Mediation and Reconciliation Service, Helene Macedo, Lifespan, rhode island hospital, UNAP, UNAP Local 5098, United Nurses and Allied Professionals | 2 Responses